11/30/2010 4:30 PM ET
Dodgers acquire right-hander Blake Hawksworth from Cardinals
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have acquired right-handed pitcher Blake Hawksworth from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for infielder Ryan Theriot. The announcement was made by Dodger General Manager Ned Colletti.
"Blake adds Major League experience to our staff and has the versatility to start or relieve," said Colletti. "We will continue to try and add Major League caliber pitchers to our roster throughout the winter."
The 27-year-old has gone 8-8 with a 4.07 ERA in 75 games (eight starts) with the Cardinals over his two Major League seasons.
Hawksworth made his Major League debut on June 6, 2009 at Colorado and went 4-0 over 30 relief appearances in his rookie season, leading National League rookies (min. 30.0 IP) with a 2.03 ERA and tying for third among NL rookies with a .209 opponents' batting average. He also ranked third among NL rookies with a .324 opponents' slugging percentage. In his only postseason experience, he tossed a scoreless inning of relief in Game 1 of the NLDS at Los Angeles.
In 2010, Hawksworth went 4-8 with a 4.98 ERA in 45 games (eight starts), making 11 relief appearances of 2.0 or more innings and posting a 2.84 ERA (8 ER/25.1 IP) in those outings.
The British Columbia, Canada native will become the seventh Canadian-born player in Los Angeles Dodger history, joining Russell Martin (2006-present), Paul Quantrill (2002-03), Eric Gagne (1999-2006), Steve Wilson (1991-93), Tim Harkness (1961-62) and Bill Harris (1959).
Hawksworth made 120 starts in 124 minor league games from 2002-09 and was selected as the Cardinals' 2006 Minor League Pitcher of the Year after going 11-4 with a 2.92 ERA in 27 combined starts with Single-A Palm Beach and Double-A Springfield. Hawksworth was originally selected by the Cardinals in the 28th round of the 2001 First-Year Player Draft out of Eastlake High School in Sammamish, WA and signed in 2002 after a season at Bellevue (WA) Community College.
Theriot, 30, batted .242 with one home run and eight RBI in 54 games with the Dodgers last season after he was acquired along with Ted Lilly from the Cubs at the July 31 trade deadline in exchange for Blake DeWitt and two minor league pitchers. The Louisiana native batted .270 with two home runs and 29 RBI in 150 combined games in 2010.